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Things To Do In Mount Abu | Sightseeing Including Everything In Mount Abu

nakki lake
A view of Nakki Lake
Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. This is one of the coldest places of Rajasthan. Here temperature is relatively very less than other parts of this state. It's a good place to spend holidays or a trip with friends. The magnificent landscapes, hills, temples and a beautiful lake attracts tourists to this hill station.

It comes in the southern region of Rajasthan. This is a town which is about 30 km far from Abu road which is the nearest station to this place. Udaipur is the nearest station to Abu road. This town is highly influenced by Gujarati culture as its located near to Gujarat. along with Rajasthani tourists, it also attracts tourists from Gujarat and other nearby places.

mount abu city view
Mount Abu city view
There are many places and things to do in this town. To visit places you can pick up a bus or taxi, or hire a cab. Although bikes for rent are easily available to explore the town. The most popular places to visit in Mount Abu are
  1. Nakki Lake
  2. GuruShikhar Peak Point
  3. Sunset point
  4. Lovers Point
  5. Delvada Jain Temple
  6. Adhar Devi Temple(Arbuda Devi)
  7. Toad Rock
  8. Hanuman Temple
  9. Om Shanti Bhavan
  10. Shankar Math Shivling Temple
  11. AchalGarh 
As its a hill station, most markets and tourist places are crowded by couples. Especially in evening time markets have a rush as its the time when tourists hang around. Some antiques like keychains and some other usual products are available in the market. Woolen clothes and some other accessories like woolen hat, cap and Scarfs are useful and can be bought from local vendors.


1. Nakki Lake : 


Nakki lake is a natural lake which is close to town. This is one of the most beautiful lakes of Rajasthan. Its water is green which makes it alluring. This lake is considered a holy lake in the Hindu religion. This is a saying that this lake was made as god dug by nail and some say it was dug out by a demon. There is a temple at the shore of this lake which is Bharat Mata temple.

There is a garden which is pleasing to spend some time. Boating facility is also available here which may be good for those who don't want to sit in the garden. Some fountains in the middle of this lake seem good. This is the first place where a tourist come as its close to the city and a good place too. There are some restaurants and hotels near this lake where Rajasthani food, as well as Gujarati dishes, can be good options.  


2. Gurushikhar Peak Point : 



This is the peak point of Mount Abu. It is the highest peak of Rajasthan which is about 1722 meter from ground level, that's why this is "GuruShikhar" which means The highest(guru) of all peaks. The view from the top is amazing. After heading up a lot of steps you reach a temple which is Gurushikhar temple.


There are too many stairs and is tiring to reach this point, But after it, the views from this peak pull out all the tiredness. There some shops on sideways of stairs and near temple. One temple is in a cave and another one is at the top of this peak.
personal tip- As its a peak so it will be better to keep the cell phone in the pocket and focus on stairs. Safety is needful visiting such places.

3. Sunset Point :

This is another beautiful place in Mount Abu which is worth visiting. This is near to the town and is close to the nakki lake. There is a wildlife zoo along with this point. The best time to visit this is evening obviously to have sight of the sunset. 
The view of the sun with the orange sky is pleasing and breathtaking. Landscapes all around this sunset make it much more alluring. This view is only visible for half an hour in the evening.

4. Lovers Point : 




Lovers point is a location on a hill which comes on the way to Gurushikhar peak. It gives mindblowing views of landscapes and a lake. Sceneries with lake make it much interesting and is literally a point of attraction for tourists and mostly couples. The pattern of mountains is a bit unique in itself. Its a perfect location for taking some stunning pictures and selfy.


 It is named so as some lovers and couples can be seen here in this place. Horses are available here if you want to take a picture sitting on a horse. They also have some colorful costumes to take pictures.

5. Delvada Jain Temple : 

This is a well known holy temple of Jain religion. Its most popular place among Jainism. It was made by some rulers and those who were attracted by this religion. Some of them were Rulers and others were those who had faith in Jainism. When it comes to its design and architecture, its one of the best places in terms of its design and structure. This is made of White marble(Sangmarmar). The stone is cut in a very accurate and fine way that it looks excellent.

There are some eye-catching designs on the ceiling which is made with white marble. The guide gives details of all these designs. A statue of Mahavir is another attraction of this temple which is made of gold(actually gold polish). This one is very costly in terms of money and No doubt its value more than its price, It's priceless. It's free to visit this temple and priests of this temple work as a guide which is free of cost. Devotees can donate money for charity and temple fund.

(No Pictures are allowed inside or outside the temple)

6. Adhar Devi Temple(Arbuda Devi) : 




This is another temple in the town, which is located on a hill. It takes about 20-25 minutes to reach the temple by stairs. After reaching on the top of this temple, there is some stunning view of nature and mountains. While going up the stairs, along with those views, there are some monkeys on the way, so it's better to keep safe. It's great to feed them some fruits or eatables.



 After reaching on top, There is a cave to go inside the temple. This is a very narrow cave so you have to Keep your head down to reach over to end. As its a narrow cave so it takes some time to be in a queue and keeping your head safe up to having sight of the goddess.

7. Toad Rock : 


This is a Structure of rock in the shape of Toad(frog). After heading up by stairs which take about 15 minutes, it comes a rock which is stunning. Views of the city are nice from this place. This is just close to Nakki lake. Variety of rocks is one of the best things of Mount Abu.
Personal tip - On the way to reach on this rock, you have to climb up-stairs through some wild area which may have bears, so it's better to know about a place by a local guide or someone who knows about this area.

8. Hanuman temple : 

This is a temple of Lord Hanuman which is also located on a hill which is about 6000 feet above ground level. Horse ride is also available to reach the temple as it may be tiring to reach through stairs.

9. Om Shanti Bhavan : 

This is a Peace hall of Brahmekumari which is a spiritual university for meditation and peace. Its branches are located worldwide. It provides courses like yoga, meditation and organizes seminars for stress-free living. It also works as an NGO. Its headquarter is located here in Mount Abu. It gives the opportunity to women, as most of the top positions are given to women to represent equality and respect to women.

10. Shankar Math Shivling Temple : 


This is a temple of lord shiv with shivling, which is known as Shankar math. The surrounding atmosphere has plants and flowers which gives it a natural view. It is located near to the city. No photography is allowed inside the temple, so better to follow rules. 


11. Achalgarh Fort and Temple : 


On a hill, there is a fort which is known as Achalgarh fort. Fort was constructed by Parmar rulers.  It was being renovated and named Achalgarh by Maharana Kumbha. This is a hill fort along with a pond inside. There is a temple outside of the fort, called Achaleshwar Mahadev temple, where the toe of Lord Shiva is worshipped by devotees.

To know more about this place, visit- Trip to mount abu 

Hotels are a bit expensive here as its a hillside. Booking can be done online or offline both. But booking online is not good for this place as hotels are much expensive online than offline. Even some booking agents come to you and take you to the hotel so its so easy to find a hotel. 

A trip to Mount Abu in Rajasthan

Mount Abu is one of the tourist places in Rajasthan. This is one of the most popular tourist places in Rajasthan and India. It comes in the south-west region of Rajasthan. This is a colder place. This is the only hill station of Rajasthan. 

day trip in mount abu hill station
Mount abu hill station

Rajasthan is commonly known as a hot warm place. For most of the tourists or peoples who don't belong to this, they think Rajasthan as a desert or a very hot place. Most of the camels in India reside in Rajasthan which is mostly found in the western area. But In the southern region of this state, you can find some really cool and hilly places like Udaipur and Mount Abu.

First, we headed to Udaipur which is close to Mount Abu. It takes around 3 hours to reach Abu from Udaipur by bus. Though trains are also available accordingly. After reaching Abu road, which is the nearest station to Mount Abu, you have to hire a taxi or a bus to reach Mount Abu. it took about 25 minutes as it was 5 am in the morning so there was no traffic on the way.

on the way to abu
On the way to abu

As we were reaching close to this place, it was getting colder and colder. This coldness was tremendous. Now after a few minutes of sitting in a taxi, the time comes to lighten the load of the backpack, But it takes some time. Agents who get commission by hotel bookings come to you and showcase their hotel and price. I have seen 2-3 which took about an hour, but the last one was pretty good.
Personal tip - Only choose a hotel if you are comfortable with the price, they hike rates on weekends, so avoid to visit on weekends if possible.

Then by reaching there at mount Abu town, I came to know that a city tour bus is available at 9.:30 am to visit all the tourist places in the town. This turned me excited when I was drinking coffee in the balcony. As it was already 8 am so I had an hour to get ready.

After an hour the city tour bus came, and I was In. It took us to all the places to visit in the town. This sightseeing was included with a tour guide which was worth to know about places.Gurushikhar(Highest peak), Nakki lake, Sunset point, Lovers point, Achalgarh and Ganesh temple were the places which we headed to that day. It took 150 rupees per person to have this city tour for all the places but It's very tiring to visit all the places on the same day.

shiv temple in mount abu
shiv temple mount abu

personal tip
- you can rent a bike or scooter at 300 rupees for 12 hours.

It will take at least 3 days to experience the places and culture of this place.
Day 1
On this day visit nearby places to the town where you can reach easily like nakki lake, sunset point, a wildlife sanctuary.

bells at a temple in abu
Bells at a temple

Day 2

this day visit places on a hill which will take your energy. Like gurushikhar, achalgarh, and lovers point.

mount abu hill station
Hills in Abu

Day 3

This day rest and visit the local market in the town. Also taste Gujarati food and some delicious Rajasthani dishes which is really tasty.

afternoon in abu
Sunshine in noon

Tip- There are more than 400 bears in the wild of MountAbu. So be careful by reading the local newspaper or hiring a guide who knows well about the area and make sure about your safety.

wild in mount abu
wild in abu

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Pushkar Fair And Festival

Pushkar is known as a holy place for those who have faith in God. Pushkar is a town in Ajmer district of Rajasthan which is about 15 kilometers from Ajmer city. Its popular for Brahma temple and holy lake. This lake is known as Pushkar Sarovar.

goniks pushkar lake view
Flames of faith in pushkar lake

People from various parts of India come here to pray god Brahma and also for the holy bath in months of 'Kartik' especially. This is a crater lake which is a Natural lake. There are many Ghats all around this lake. There are around 52 Ghats from them Gau ghat, and Brahma ghat are popular. Peoples come and ask Brahmin pandit's to pray for them to Lord Brahma. Kartik month is considered to be ideal for ladies and girls to pray to god and visit this lake.

pushkar lake view
Aerial view of pushkar lake

There are temples at these ghats and separate gates. The sound of bells in temples enchants the atmosphere all around this lake. This place is among one of the most popular spiritual travelers in Rajasthan. No photography is allowed at any of the ghats.

sunset at savitri temple
Sunset at pushkar

After this, it comes Brahma temple which is close to this lake. This temple is the most popular temple of Lord Brahma. The crowd at this temple is at peak mostly, but in months of Kartik(November-December)  crowd is more than I expected.

This town is highly commercialized because most of the foreign and Indian tourists come here. You can find rooms, bike and locals also sell herbal products like Gulkand(made of rose petals), green tea and many other antiques which are really attractive and not costly. Products are of good quality.
If you like to buy some clothes from the local market then it may be a nice place as many colorful clothes like printed t-shirts and pants are available at extremely low prices. If you can bargain then it may reduce your cost. Some shopkeepers don't allow bargaining.

market in pushkar
Local Market

Make Sure to
- take care of pickpocketers, and hiring fake guides offering tour packages without cross-checking. Some shopkeepers may ask extremely high prices, then move to next shop accordingly.
Also, see- Pushkar fair

Attractions in Pushkar:

  1. Puskar Lake
  2. Brahma Temple
  3. Pushkar Fair
  4. Camel Safari
  5. Savitri Temple
  6. Local Market
  7. Kids Zone(amusement)
Pushkar fair is literally a cattle fair which includes mostly Camels, horses and some other too. This fair is organized in the month of November-December. It was from 15-23rd of November in 2018. Animals can be bought by anyone in this fair. This fair is organized in sand-dunes of Pushkar which is near to the lake. This fair is organized by locals and sellers.

lassi in pushkar market
Lassi made of curd
No tickets are required for anything including the lake or any temples. 
Another blog - Savitri temple Pushkar


amusement for kids in pushkar
Amusement for kids
In this fair kids amusement is also available, but safety is a must. Stalls of food and beverages are available which gives some energy. Camel rides and buggy rides are good experiences for those who want some more than those markets and lake. It may cost about 300-400 for a ride which takes about an hour. campfire stays are also good options to experience the desert area in the night which includes all meals and sightseeing including camel safari but it costs a bit high, i.e. around 2500 rs for a day.

camel in pushkar fair
Camel in pushkar fair
Savitri temple is another place in this town which is at a height of about 800 feet from the ground. there are many steps if you choose to go on foot, but a ropeway ride is also available by paying 110 rupees and waiting for an hour everytime(up-down). We chose to go by stairs which is much better than any ropeway I think. It takes about 20-25 minutes to go to this temple at the peak.

savitri temple view
A view from savitri temple
This town is beautiful and very nice to visit. The peoples, places, food, and temples are must visit for those who want to get some peace and calm. Will definitely go by ropeway next time.
Other related blogs - Camel ride in Pushkar
                                     Brahma temple 

Mandore temples and Garden

Mandore is a town which comes in jodhpur district of Rajasthan. This town was a ruling place of Jodhpur and its nearby places which is called "marwar region" of Rajasthan.


Jodhpur is a city of historical places and there are many things to do in the city like visiting crowded markets and trying some street foods which have typical marwari spicy taste.There are many memorials of royal families and temples in this town.

It is around 8-10 kms away from the city which is well connected with local transportation. I decided to reach here by a city bus. The bus was not in good condition as usual. There is no entry ticket to visit this place. It has a garden and some memorials of royal rulers and their families. Its is a large garden.


Near to entry gate there were some musicians who were playing musical instruments which is called "RawanHattha". When i asked the player about this instrument then he told me that its made of a coconut shell. Strings are fixed to this shell (i think three strings).
Cleanliness at this place is very good and visitors take care of this by using garbage bins.

Attractions : 


  • Memorials of rulers
  • Garden
  • Temple outside garden
  • Lotus ponds

Its a really hot place as it was summer when i visited. It will be great if visit this city in winter if possible. This is definitely a nice place for selfie lovers too.


Lotus ponds are very cheerful to see and spend some time here in the garden. Though there is also a garden for kids near these temples. This garden has amusement park for kids which maybe attractive and entertaining if going there with kids.

Design and architecture inside these memorials is attractive and magnificent. It seems like they worked really hard to make such beautiful designs. The most surprising thing here is that there are not just one or two memorials , their are many with some unique and ravishing designs.



After visiting this garden and those memorials, there is another temple which is "Bheru ji temple" and also a amusement park for kids which i also had visited (i am not a kid by the way). Both are B-rolls of this place if you have enough time. It took around 3 hours to see all the things here in mandore as possible.


Food in Jodhpur - Jodhpuri Food


This is afterall a good place to visit to know about history and enjoy some time in this garden. I you are intrested to know more about this city , simply checkout other blog posts below.
Places to visit in Jodhpur - Best Places in Jodhpur
Know more about city -  Colors of Jodhpur

Highlights of Rajasthan

The name Rajasthan came from Raj + Sthan , which means the place where Rajput lives. Here "Raj" means rajput caste which literally belongs to this area.This is located in North-West region of India.  

Rajasthan is famous for heritage and culture. It attracts peoples of all around the globe with its rich history and interesting culture.



Peoples choose this state for tourism as there are many things to do here. From Thar deserts to Ranthambore wildlife parks, this state has many uniqueness. From deserts to green grass lands everything is different here.



              If we talk about Northern Rajasthan, its near to Punjab, which rich in agriculture as there are some canals which supplies enough water. Agriculture is good in rajasthan. You can see some agriculture farms and visit some safari's which are easily available in Western part of Rajasthan. One of the safari is machia safari which is a desert safari in Jodhpur.





If you like to know about history then you can know by visiting places like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and many other cities too. There are also some holy places in Rajasthan which may attract you if  you are spiritual. There are places like Pushkar in Ajmer, Khwaja Moinuddin chishti Dargah in ajmer, Galta in Jaipur and some other temples like shreenathji, and Ramdevra in Jaisalmer.



Most of the travellers like forts and heritage. Right! I know. Forts and palaces shows how the royal families lived in past. What was the lifestyle of king and how they Ruled. Some of the rulers from Rajasthan were brave and did not accepted to be under someone's rule. Palace's gives a wide view of livings of kings and shows royalty. If you want to know this then you can visit places like City Palace in Udaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur (also a hotel chain by itc) , City Palace Jaipur and many other too which will definitely going to give you a royal experience.



If You like Adventures then you have options from camel safari in Pushkar (and even horse ride is also available) , Holi festival in pushkar, Brij festival at Bharatpur , and can enjoy some Ropeways in Udaipur and also available in Pushkar. But for joining these festivals you need to checkout calender of these festivals and events as the date is fixed every year by Rajasthan tourism department and other organisations. so make sure to know about this.





I think this post gives highlights of Rajasthan and give you some inspiration to know about these places, festivals and enlighten some spirituality.

Please give me valuable feedback's. It will be appreciated. It will be great if you share this post with your friends and colleagues so they can know about Rajasthan and get some useful information.

Jodhpur City Photo Blog Post


Last time when i visited Jodhpur city, it was a great experience to know about this city and its culture. I spent around four days in the city which were sufficient to explore this city. Here in this post i am sharing some of the memories i have from there. 

umaid bhawan palace jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Jodhpur


mehrangarh fort jodhpur
A view from Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

karni mata temple in mehrangarh fort jodhpur
Karni Mata Temple Jodhpur


clock tower jodhpur
City from Clock Tower Jodhpur


aerial view from mehrangarh fort jodhpur
Aerial view from Mehrangarh fort

mawa kachori jodhpur
Mawa Kachori from Jodhpur


lake near jaswant thada in jodhpur
A Lake near a tourist spot

These pictures are combination of different spots in the city. If you like to know more then you can also read other posts from this city 
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